Share of U.S. households collecting food stamps in 2011. These five states have the highest share of households receiving nutrition assistance. U.S. Census Bureau / CNN Money

By Tami Luhby
28 November 2012

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) – The number of American households receiving food stamps jumped nearly 10% in 2011.

Nearly 15 million households were on food stamps at some point last year, up from 13.6 million in 2010, newly released Census data shows. That's an increase to 13%, up from 11.9% in 2010.

Some 47 states and the nation's capital experienced an increase in their residents receiving nutrition assistance, with the District of Columbia, Alabama and Hawaii seeing the largest jump. No state experienced a statistically significant decrease.

Oregon had the highest share of households receiving food stamps at 18.9%. Wyoming had the lowest at 5.9%.

The food stamp program has become a source of controversy in political circles as a record number of Americans signed up for nutrition assistance during the Great Recession. An alternate measure of food stamps shows that though the economy is improving, more people are signing up. A record 47.1 million people received food stamps this past August, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. […]

Nearly 15 million households on food stamps

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